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Shoojit Sircar says he wants to make a film on Mary Kom, which international audience can watch

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, who is a sportsperson at heart, says he’s highly inspired by Indian boxer Mary Kom.

bollywood Updated: Jun 06, 2018 18:58 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Shoojit Sircar,Mary Kom,Delhi
Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar is keen to make a film on Indian boxer Mary Kom.

Having directed stories on unconventional subjects ranging from sperm donation (Vicky Donor - 2012) to constipation (Piku - 2015), filmmaker Shoojit Sircar is a sportsperson at heart. And if he ever has to make a sports film, and choose a sportsperson for a biopic, Sircar can think of just one name, “Mary Kom” – the Indian Olympic boxer.

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Sircar, who has been quite expressive about his love for sports on social media, says he first met Mary Kom during the shoot of a three-minute ad commercial. He says, “She’s an extraordinary athlete. The first time I interacted with her, I was clean-bowled. She, as a personality, because she came [with her] two daughters, and the way she was preparing herself…”

Mention that there are a lot of sports biopics coming up and the football fanatic says, “Yes, there are, and I hope they do justice to sports. I have been thinking of many subjects to work around football, but nothing has inspired me. ‘Sports’ is a good subject. But, nothing has inspired me to make a film. Since you asked about one sportsperson who I would like to make a film on, I said Mary Kom because I think she’s an extraordinary athlete,” adds Sircar, when in Delhi recently for the screening of his new release October, at the recently concluded 13th Habitat Film Festival.

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Has he seen Omung Kumar’s film Mary Kom (2014) – based on the life of the boxer – and does he intend to explore a subject that’s recently filmed? “No, I haven’t seen the film. But, I can still make it! I would want to [make a film on her]. I think Mary Kom should be an international star. I still feel a lot is left (to be told). I really want that a character like her should be on the international platform. Making a film on Mary Kom means that people should be watching it across the globe; it should be that level. I thought [it would] move the world… You can make a story again; that’s your interpretation. It happens many times… Shakespeare has been made [in] million interpretations; people made four to five Bhagat Singh films. [So] as long as I can engage the audience, that’s fine.”

But he still hasn’t decided when he will realise his dream. “When will I make [a film on Mary Kom] ... I don’t know, but I really want to... She’s one of the few people you get inspired from.”

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First Published: Jun 06, 2018 18:58 IST